The acclaimed classical ballet company Russian State Ballet of Siberia returns to Norwich Theatre Royal post-Christmas with three best-loved ballets from its repertoire.
Guaranteed to brighten up the grey days of winter in the post-festive season come-down, the company will present three of the most popular ballets of all time – La Fille mal gardée on January 14, Giselle on January 15 and Cinderella on January 16 – all danced to music from the live ballet symphony orchestra.
Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering memorable performances.
La Fille mal gardée (Monday 14 January, 7.30pm), as recreated by Alexander Gorsky, is one of the oldest ballets still regularly performed. A gentle tale of love thwarted, unrequited and found, it is a masterpiece of comedy. With plenty of ribbons, romance and rivalry, the ballet conjures up a world of pastoral simplicity where a farm boy woos a flirty farmer’s daughter and they find inventive ways to avoid her mother. Complete with virtuoso pas de deux, maypole and clog dances, this classic ballet will send you home happy, delighting those enjoying it for the very first time as well as those who want to see it again and again.
Giselle (Tuesday 15 January 7.30pm) is the most poignant of all classical ballets and is filled with dramatic passion in a chilling and heart-rending tale of love, treachery and forgiveness from beyond the grave. The moving story of delicate Giselle and her aristocratic but duplicitous lover Albrecht (pictured above) is set to a glorious score. From the visual splendour of the rustic villagers happily gathering the harvest at the start of the story to the eerie moonlit forest haunted by beautifully drifting spirits, this production is unforgettable.
And the world’s favourite rags to riches fairy-tale where dreams can come true, Cinderella (Wednesday 16 January, 2.30pm & 7.30pm), is a magical mix of Prokofiev’s energetic score, lively choreography and colourful costumes. Whilst her mad/bad stepmother and her ill-mannered daughters prepare for the Royal Ball, graceful Cinderella can only dream of dancing with the dashing Prince (pictured right). Later that evening, her rags become a glittering gown and she is swept magically to the Ball. From that very moment the Prince is smitten, midnight strikes and one lost crystal slipper later, he must now embark on a journey to find his lost love.
Artistic Director Sergei Bobrov said: “It is always a pleasure to bring the unique traditions of Russian Ballet to British audiences. Touring across the UK with a full company of dancers, as well as highly skilled musicians, is always exciting. For me, it is very special to have the power of a symphony orchestra bringing the choreography to life.”